Tag: Twitter

Iran Accuses Twitter of Shutting Down Legit Accounts, Ignoring Anti-Gov’t Ones

Iran Accuses Twitter of Shutting Down Legit Accounts, Ignoring Anti-Gov’t Ones

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said last weekend that Twitter is removing accounts of real Iranians despite taking no action against US- backed anti-government ones. Zarif called the attention of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in his tweet where he said that the company had removed the accounts of Iranian presenters and students as part of an influence op. The Iranian minister also challenged Twitter to remove ‘bots’ in Tirana used to spread Washington’s propaganda that called for a regime change. The Iranian media had claimed that Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US exiled opposition groups were behind the social […]

Tech Giants to Face US Senate Over Data Privacy on Sept 26

Tech Giants to Face US Senate Over Data Privacy on Sept 26

Lawmakers in the US Senate are scheduled to hear the testimony of executives from major US tech companies such as Google, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, and Charter Communications over matters concerning consumer data privacy on September 26. Republican U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune said that during the discussion, the US panel will be giving the tech companies and carriers the opportunity to explain their approaches to privacy, and how they plan to comply with the new European Union and California laws. They can also give their suggestions on how the Congress can help to to promote clear privacy […]

Alex Jones, Infowars Permanently Banned on Twitter

Alex Jones, Infowars Permanently Banned on Twitter

Twitter announced this week in a series of tweets that it had permanently banned the account of radio host Alex Jones and his website, InfoWars, from the platform for breaching its abusive behavior policies. The ban came after a heated argument between Jones and a CNN reporter last Wednesday. The exchange, which Jones live-streamed on Twitter’s video service Periscope, showed him ranting at the reporter and slamming Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The right-wing conspiracy theorist had already been banned by other tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, and YouTube.     Source: CNBC

Twitter to Explore Blockchain Potential, CEO Says

Twitter to Explore Blockchain Potential, CEO Says

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told lawmakers at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last Wednesday that the company is looking into the possibilities of using blockchain technology for the platform, particularly for fighting scams and misinformation. Answering a question from California representative Doris Matsui, Dorsey said that blockchain has a lot of untapped potential, particularly its application for distributed trust and distributed enforcement. He added that experts in the company are now beginning to study how the technology can be used to address problems Twitter is currently facing. Dorsey was one of the top executives from US tech giants that the […]

Twitter CEO Admits Algorithms May be Biased

During the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the company’s algorithms have not always been impartial, and may have unfairly reduced the visibility of around 600,000 accounts. Twitter, which is one of the companies being accused of bias against conservatives, however did not specify whether the accounts were Democratic or Republican. Dorsey also revealed that Twitter is able to detect and prevent bots from using fake accounts, and that the platform is focused on conversation health, taking in “shared attention” when determining if a conversation is being manipulated. Source: BBC

US Justice Department to Determine Whether Social Media ‘Stifles’ Speech

US Justice Department to Determine Whether Social Media ‘Stifles’ Speech

The US Justice Department and state attorney generals will be discussing on September 25 concerns on the effect of social media on the free exchange of ideas. Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said that they will be probing whether social media companies stifle speech and hurting competition. Tech companies such as Twitter and Facebook are currently defending their companies in a hearing by the Senate Intelligence Committee against lawmakers accusing them of failing to prevent the use of their platforms to influence US politics. The social media sites have also been criticized for allegedly having a bias against conservative voices. […]

Google Execs Not Likely to Show Up at Senate Hearing

Google Execs Not Likely to Show Up at Senate Hearing

Top Alphabet executives Sundar Pichai and Larry Page are reportedly not going to attend a hearing by the Senate Intelligence Committee where lawmakers will be grilling US tech companies over issues concerning political influence and privacy.    Google had initially offered to send Kent Walker, one of its top lawyers, but was declined by the committee. It is said that the senators may issue a subpoena to force the Google executives to appear, with Senator Mark Warner saying “If Google thinks we’re just going to go away, they’re sadly mistaken.” Meanwhile, Twitter will be represented at the hearing by its […]

Chinese Spy Agencies Caught Using LinkedIn to Hire Americans

Chinese Spy Agencies Caught Using LinkedIn to Hire Americans

US counter-intelligence chief William Evanina revealed this week that Chinese espionage agencies are aggressively using LinkedIn to recruit Americans that have access to government and commercial secrets. Evanina said that the Chinese had contacted thousands of individuals using fake accounts and called on Microsoft to act on these efforts. The German and British government had already warned their citizens of the scheme before, and this is the first occasion that the issue had been publicly discussed. Evanina said that LinkedIn should follow the steps taken by Twitter, Google and Facebook and similarly purge fake accounts on their platform.    Source: […]

Twitter, Facebook Execs to Appear Before Senate Panel Next Week

Twitter, Facebook Execs to Appear Before Senate Panel Next Week

The Senate Intelligence Committee said last Wednesday that it has invited executives from top social media companies to appear in a hearing where they are expected to testify on how their platforms are responding to foreign influence operations. Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner revealed that they have invited Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, and Alphabet CEO Larry Page to attend the hearing which will take place on September 5. Source: Reuters

Iranian Political Influence Operation Bigger Than Previously Thought

Iranian Political Influence Operation Bigger Than Previously Thought

Reuters recently said that the Iranian political influence operation currently seen targeting internet users all over the world seems to be significantly more extensive than expected. Around 10 sites and dozens more social media accounts on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube have already been identified by Reuters. Cybersecurity company FireEye and ClearSky added that the sites and accounts belonging to the International Union of Virtual Media, or IUVM, was part of a larger campaign which US tech giants are trying to take down.    The IUVM was seen promoting online content aligned with the government of Tehran […]